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Philanthropy, Democracy and Civil society: Tending a Garden Over the Long Term

Who would have thought that in April 2009 South Africans would vote in a national election where the winning presidential candidate, Jacob Zuma, would enter his office under a cloud of corruption? Who would have guessed that the democratic government, led by the African National Congress, would reject a visa application from the Dalai Lama, in effect turning its back on the international human rights solidarity that it relied on 20 years earlier to end apartheid?

The State and Civil Society in Africa

'The State and Civil Society in Africa: A North African Perspective' is a paper that looks at the concept of civil society in the Arab and African regions. The paper provides a historic overview of Arab and African civil society development, including civil society’s relation with the State and analyses the political, bureaucratic and economic constraints for civil society in these regions.

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Time to Take on the Lotto

If you are a charity or NGO who feels that you have been treated unreasonably or unfairly by the Lotto, and you are willing to take them on, Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., a firm of attorneys, is willing to assist you.

Lourens Ackermann, Pro Bono Coordinator at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., is currently investigating the possibility of pursuing individual applications against the Lotto on behalf of deserving charities and NGOs.

Shame on Lotto

My name is Robin Opperman, and I am the Director of the Umcebo Trust. We run a non-profit art and craft trust, based in Durban. We applied in the most recent Lotto round of applications, and submitted end of February. We received the standard acknowledgements and within the past two weeks were very excited to receive correspondence from Lotto asking for elaboration on a number of issues related to our application.

Recession Threatens Charity Organisations

More than 500 000 needy South Africans, many of them women and children, could be plunged into further desperation as the country’s charities battle a funding crisis. This is according to Child Welfare South Africa.

Industry experts revealed that charity organisations, which represent 30 percent of social services in the country, will have R3 billion less to spend on crucial causes this year because of the recession.

NGOs Respond to Prodder / GuideStar

In South Africa where civil society campaigns and advocacy work have been a dominant feature of the NGO sector, a directory of any nature is a useful networking tool to facilitate sector collaboration. In 1987 when the Prodder Directory first went to print, the image of a compass was included in the logo to represent the idea of the directory being a guide to development sector projects.

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SJC Wants SAHRC to Join Shaik Parole Court Bid

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) wants the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to join its court bid for a review of how Schabir Shaik was released on medical parole.

The coalition says it wrote to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour almost two weeks ago and asked him to institute a high court review of the grounds on which Shaik was released.

They also want an independent panel of medical experts nominated by the SAHRC and the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons to examine Shaik and submit reports to the court.

Umcebo Trust Beaded Tree Initiative

The Umcebo Trust is putting their initiative to build the worlds tallest beaded tree, into top gear. We want to build a 4m high stainless steel and glass bead tree, which will have 10 000 beaded leaves. The final tree will also be studded with LED lighting. It will eventually weigh ten tons, and we hope that it will tour to events like Design Indaba, Chelsea Flower Show etc, before finding a permanent home in a public space, approved by its sponsor.

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